Jobarteh is set to release his latest studio album “KANO” online to be
available on all digital platforms from Tuesday 30th April 2019.
Backed by his Salam Band, this will be Tata’s sixth studio album and was originally released domestically in April 2017. Dubbed the “Jimi Hendrix of the Kora,” Tata battled a mysterious illness for over two years resulting in being amputated below the knee in one leg. But he wasn’t deterred; in fact, that reignited some new energy which he pours out in this KANO album.
KANO, meaning Love in the Mandinka language is also the lead single of the album. A very emotionally charged song, KANO advocates having unconditional love for people with any form of disability such as blindness, deafness and physical disabilities.
Tata said, “The album KANO is very special to me because it contain great songs that have lot of my life when I was very sick for a long time. During my recovery, KANO was the first song I composed and it’s about my personal identity because I was amputated below the knee. Now I became physically disabled but thank God am not mentally disabled.”
In the typical Tatadinding fashion, KANO comes with songs about everything from social advocacy and commentary to traditional praise singing. SATEBA or Brikama in the West Coast Region is the home of Tatadinding and the Salam Band. In the song, Tatadinding praised his roots and the 24 wards that make up Brikama.
After the 2016 political impasse in The Gambia, tensions were high and the need for unification couldn’t be much greater thus KAIRO, which is an advocacy for PEACE. In just over 3 minutes, Tatadinding praying to God directly appeals to Gambians to avoid conflict and to resolve issues amicably.
Fearing for conflict and its implications, KAIRO is a powerful track directly calling for dialogue, understanding and harmony amongst the community. Political difference borrows its catchy hook “For The Gambia, Our Homeland” from The Gambia National Anthem.
Addressing the need to tolerate and respect each other’s political views, this politically conscious track came at a time when The Gambia has seen a sudden shift in politics causing a lot of uncertainty, Tata called for all the tribes in The Gambia to unite and avoid political differences coming in between them. Commenting on the release, Tata said, “I believe my music should be accessible to all of my fans anywhere in the world.”
It is distributed by Jaalolu Music Publishing in collaboration with Nyancho Entertainment.